"There is a lot to like here. The most obvious positive attribute is the band's superior musicianship. Everyone on board the Mumbo Jumbo train is a first-rate player. This choo-choo ain't pullin' no caboose, Jack!!!!" Bob Cianci 'BLUES REVUE' Magazine Jan/Feb '99
"Reminiscent of Blood Sweat & Tears (without the pop trappings) Well recorded and worth a listen". 'BLUES ACCESS' Magazine Summer '98
A well rehearsed, hot, 8 piece blues & rhythms group from Spokane, Washington. Pat Barclay, guitarist and producer for the band, likes to call our music "blues & rhythms because we're a little more on the edge. There's a funk attitude and the players are the best to be had anywhere. There's a lot of energy.
You're not gonna 'just sit' in your seat...you're gonna get up and dance!!
So you see my friends, the blues in whatever form, talks to people, sometimes loud and other times quiet. It may be funny or sad but always with differing quality, sound and vision.
There is a musical "vision" that's somewhere between the swingin' Kansas City horn lines, the New Orleans jazz and Oakland funk. Not as bluesy as blues. A funkier beat.
It needs to have the right ingredients to cook. It needs to have compelling arrangements and fine instrumental chops. It needs a passion for the material. It needs to cross to the soul side of the street with well placed blues licks that service the song rather than being the sole reason the song exists.
Expanding the blues to match that vision is what "Mumbo Jumbo" is all about.
Grafting a blues sensibility onto a contemporary R&B foundation with commanding vocals and a power driven horn section ("The Resurrection Horns"), makes Mumbo Jumbo one of the best "older than you" blues groups in the country today, delivering a well balanced mix of originals and an occasional "Mumboized" cover.
So turn up the volume and boogie a Fridays' worth of joy, a satisfying slab of contemporary R&B, with a side of bare bones blues, by one of the hardest working bands from the NW today.
Eight musicians kickin' ass on the bandstand and a boisterous call to good times.